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Paletteful Packs Art Box Review + Coupon – June 2020

Paletteful Packs is a carefully-themed selection of art supplies for artists of every skill level and all ages. Every box will include a variety of media. Products include paint, pens, pencils, brushes, markers, and more! There are 3 different pack options including:

  • Petite Pack: 4+ artist quality supplies per box for $24.95/month
  • Premier Pack: 5+ artist quality supplies per box for $35.95/month
  • Young Artist: for ages 8 and up, 4+ items per box for $30.95/month

This review is for the $35.95/month Premier Pack.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review processes post to learn more about how we review boxes)

About Paletteful Packs

The Subscription Box: Paletteful Packs

The Cost: $35.95 per month + free shipping (save with longer commitments)

COUPON: Use code FIRSTMONTH10 to save 10% off your first box!

The Products: Carefully-selected art supplies provided to create a unique project

Ships to: The US for free, Canada for $10, and International for $15

Paletteful Packs June 2020 Review

The June Paletteful Packs Premier box included all of the supplies to create three 8.5″ X 11″ coloring brush pen works of art!

A few months ago, we used to receive a postcard with the content list, retail values, helpful hints, and the link to the Paletteful Packs YouTube channel as well as the prompts to complete for a chance to be featured on their Instagram page. The past few months we haven’t received this card, which is a bummer because I enjoyed having those tips and techniques right at my fingertips. While doing a little searching, I found they have now posted all of the above info here on their website. I may even like this better because they have links to tutorials on how to use each item! I am definitely going to be checking that out!

 

12 Piece Koi Coloring Brush Pens – Listed Value $29.88, Retail Value $18.98

I am in love with these vibrant markers! Crayola has nothing on these bright beauties! These brush pens have a tip like a paintbrush and glide across the paper. They are water-soluble, odorless, and can be blended with ease. I found colors could be mixed to create new shades, and you can even create washes with a wet brush on watercolor paper! I found these markers to be easy to use, brilliant in color, and a wonderful color selection.

Sakura Gelly Roll 10 Classic White Pen – Listed Value $1.49, Retail Value $4.16

Gel pens were all the rage when I was in high school, so it was fun to see one in this sub. Honestly, I don’t think I have ever used a white gel pen before, but found it came quite in handy! This size 10 pen rolls on paper very smoothly and is very useful in adding highlights on top of the included brush pens. I love the fact that they included links to YouTube videos on how to get the most out of this pen and I enjoyed it way more than the cheapy ones I had in high school!

0.1 Pentel Pointliner Pen – Listed Value $2.99 (Buy a pack of twelve for $21.07)

Black pens are my fave! This tiny nib is awesome for fine detailing as it produces a very narrow, clean, and smooth line. I see they are recommended for stippling and crosshatching – 2 techniques I am familiar with, but haven’t done a lot myself. I love that this brand produces waterproof inks that integrate well with watercolors, and don’t smear!

0.8 Pentel Pointliner Pen – Listed Value $2.99 (Buy a pack of twelve for $21.02)

Another Pentel pen! Jackpot! Like I said above, I am obsessed with these pens, and love them for adding detail to any drawings – especially watercolor. Because they are waterproof, I am able to add fine details without smearing and bleeding. I also like just writing with them because they glide beautifully and are always rich in color.

Sakura Pigma BB Professional Brush Pen – Listed Value $4.29 (Buy a pack of two for $9.40)

Next up is this beautiful professional brush pen that is amazingly versatile! Not only can it create broad, sweeping strokes, but it can also make hairline strokes as well! Like the above pens, this one is also waterproof as well as fade resistant. I love using this pen for lettering and detailing!

Pigma Micro .45mm Archival Ink Pen – Listed Value $2.99 (Buy a pack of three for $6.72)

Last but not least is this durable 0.45mm nib that delivers everything any artist could want in a pen: it is waterproof, skip-free, chemically stable, fade-resistant, plus it doesn’t smear, feather, or bleed through most papers!

Aren’t these pens amazing?! I love that they sent the multiple nib sizes of black pens- no detailing should be left undone with this stash!

 

Stonehenge Aqua Paletteful Pack 8.5″ X 11″ Sampler – Listed Value $10.75

In this subscription, I have become accustomed to receiving some type of media component. This month we received a sampler pack of 3 sheets of Stonehenge paper. We received one 8.5″ X 11″ Coldpress Blocks 140lb paper, one sheet of 8.5″ X 11″ Hotpress Blocks 140lb paper, and one sheet of 8.5″ X 11″ Coldpress Heavy Blocks 300lb paper. I love this brand of watercolor paper, and it was really cool to check out the endless possibilities they offer! The differences of texture, weight, and versatility in these sheets are amazing and really cool to compare!

Floral Design

 

For this month’s project, I decided to use the Hotpress Blocks 140lb paper cut into a 8.5″ X 8.5″ square. (I used the remaining strip for lunch box notes for my husband.) I love this smooth and silky paper and how easily the Koi markers glided onto it. I started out by sketching a group of flowers and leaves… I tend to gravitate toward flower sketches because I just had to utilize these bright pigments! Using the Koi markers, I colored in my flowers and leaves. Using all of my new black pens, I went ahead and added small details to each leaf and flower. I used the white Gelly Roll pen to brighten up areas on each of the flowers to create a bit more depth. Because I wanted to experiment, I blended colors together in the flower to create more variation and just test out the technique. Once that was finished I used the 0.8 Pointliner to letter “Hello.” Perfectly bright and summery and a whole lot of fun!

Kids Corner

Using regular copy paper and the Koi brush pens, Hank created a beautiful garden of flowers that almost look as if they are dancing in the sunshine!

Charlie opted to create a family portrait of us camping using the Koi brush pens…if only my legs were really that long!

The Verdict: Every single month I impatiently wait for my Paletteful Packs box to arrive! This subscription sends really fun, high-quality art items that I probably wouldn’t have discovered on my own. This month I was really impressed with the Koi brush pens, and the selection of black and white detailing pens. The curation was great, and the versatility is always there! I have to admit I was a little disappointed that we received a sample of paper instead of an entire paper pack like we usually do, but I did really like to see the differences in Stonehenge paper, so I’ll take it. The fact that I can use these brush pens for many projects excites me, and I can’t wait to try some watercolor techniques with them next! I can’t wait to see what they send next month!

This subscription costs $35.95 a month. The listed value on the website’s content card came to $55.38. I found all of the items online except for the paper sampler, and the retail values I could find (not including the paper) came to about $33.59. Again, that valuation doesn’t include the paper which definitely ups the value. While that is quite a large gap between listed and retail prices, I did find a lot of items on sale, and shipping would also be extra. Between that and the added paper samples, I still think the $35.95 subscription price is fair for a well-curated, fun box that introduces me to new mediums and brands.

To Wrap Up

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you’ll receive the July box. The 26th of every month is the cutoff date to order the box for the coming month. If your order is placed after the 26th, you’ll receive the following month’s box.

COUPON: Use code FIRSTMONTH10 to save 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: At $35.95 for the box including 7 unique items, you’re paying approximately $5.13 per item.

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Written by Becca Peterson

Becca Peterson

While I am taking a time-out from being a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, I am currently staying at home with my 2 sweet boys! My first subscription was Julep thanks to happening upon the MSA website, and it all went downhill from there! I have subscribed to Ipsy, Boxycharm, Degustabox, Julep, Graze, Bluum, Walmart, and more because I love a good surprise! I truly am a subscription addict!

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Comments (12)

  1. I love seeing what you create with these boxes! We love this sub. My middle mostly paints, but likes to try out different things. This month was definitely for my oldest – she’s all about fancy handwriting and these are perfect for that.

    • That’s awesome Janet! Thanks for commenting! I agree that these are perfect for fancy handwriting! Hank has been playing around with my calligraphy pen, but I think we might take these out today and try some fun lettering!

  2. I LOVE your flower artwork. You are very talented! And I always love seeing your kids’ creations. They did a great job too, and the little campfire is adorable.

    • Thank you so much Amy in KC! I will pass the compliments on to Hank and Charlie as well 🙂

  3. Love your reviews. Wish I had gotten this box.

    • Thanks so much Alice! I love this box!!!

  4. While I’m not good at art myself, I love these reviews and seeing what you make. Those flowers are gorgeous and the kids corner is a fantastic touch!

    • Thanks for commenting Boxy Fox! You totally don’t need to be good at art for this box- it’s just fun to try new things!

  5. I wasn’t a fan of these markers, the colors just aren’t what I’d find myself reaching for. They do have a nice point and flexibility for practicing my hand lettering though so I’ve decided to save them for that. It’s a great exercise for days I don’t feel like drawing or painting. However, the microns are my favorite pen so I can always use more and I loved the sample of Stonehenge Aqua. I use their standard coldpress a lot and it’s sold out a decent amount of places right now.

    • Thanks for commenting Caroline! Aren’t those microns awesome? I am addicted to them!

  6. The koi markers are ideal for recreating a lovely koi pond image. What a lovely box.

    • I have been seeing some super cool koi pond images on Pinterest that I plan on trying with these markers! I’ll let you know how it turns out!

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